Choquette avocados feature a mild flavor and silky flesh that makes them perfect for slicing. Large sizes of up to three pounds make them a popular choice.
Also called the Florida avocado, the Choquette avocado is a cross between Guatemalan and West Indian varieties. It was first developed in Miami in the 1930s by Remi D. Choquette Sr., for whom the variety is named. This variety can grow to heights of about 30 feet but are easier to maintain when pruned and kept at about 20 feet.
The Choquette tree prefers warmer temperatures and grows best in zones 9 – 10, including the southernmost areas of the U.S., primarily California, Texas, and Florida. While the plant is somewhat cold-tolerant, it prefers total sun exposure and won’t fare well at temperatures below about 25°F. Placing a Choquette tree in shade may slow growth and productivity.
Choquette avocados can grow to about six inches and weigh as much as about three pounds when mature. They feature smooth, glossy, medium-tone green skin on the thicker side. The flesh is pale yellow when ripe. Even though Choquettes have a relatively silky consistency, they are a watery variety, similar to many others grown in Florida.